EAA vs. FAA: It’s complicated

To be honest, I’m a bit conflicted about all that’s been going on with the Experimental Aircraft Association and the FAA’s demand that the association cover some of the costs of air traffic control at this month’s AirVenture.

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Students can spread wings at AirVenture College Park

OSHKOSH, Wis. – High school and college-aged students will now have a gathering spot to call their own at this year’s EAA AirVenture fly-in.

New this year is the EAA Education and Interactive Zone (EIZ) featuring College Park, a pavilion that will feature aviation, professionalism and some fun presented by American Airlines.

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Aircraft Spruce offers Oshkosh pre-order pick-up option

Aircraft Spruce is offering a pre-order pick-up option for the upcoming AirVenture in Oshkosh.

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Summer celebration of flight

As summer begins to heat up, that can mean only one thing to true-blue aviation enthusiasts. Yup, AirVenture is coming at us like a jet fighter.

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Well-known airshow announcer Roscoe Morton dies

Renowned airshow announcer Roscoe D. Morton passed away Saturday, June 15, at his home in Frostproof, Florida.

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EAA signs deal with FAA to cover controller expenses at Oshkosh

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has finalized a one-time agreement with the FAA to cover nearly $450,000 in expenses related to air traffic control services at the 2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which begins on July 29.

“Let me be clear: We have consistently regarded the FAA’s move as holding AirVenture and GA hostage this year,” said EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. [Read more...]

Vertical Power to sponsor AirVenture Cup

The EAA AirVenture Cup Race has welcomed Vertical Power, a designer and producer of electronic circuit breakers for experimental and light-sport aircraft, as a major sponsor of the 2013 AirVenture Cup Race.

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Is FAA demand double taxation?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Each year the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh attracts more aircraft, pilots, and aviation enthusiasts than any other aviation gathering in the United States, but this year EAA is facing paying the FAA an estimated $500,000 for doing its job.

Payment is necessary, say FAA officials, because sequester has cut off necessary funds.

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Vietnam vets to be honored with special honor flight at AirVenture

OSHKOSH, Wis. — As a part of EAA’s AirVenture 2013’s Salute to Veterans activities, Old Glory Honor Flight, in partnership with American Airlines and Oshkosh Corporation, will provide a special one-time only event for Vietnam War veterans on Friday, Aug. 2. Vietnam veterans will embark on a journey from the AirVenture grounds to Washington, D.C. to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Smithsonian American History Museum, and the Arlington National Cemetery — at no cost

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Congressman questions FAA authority to impose fees on AirVenture

In an editorial in the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper, Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) says the FAA’s demand that the Experimental Aircraft Association pay $500,000 to cover some of the costs of air traffic controllers at the show is “nothing less than another attempt to impose user fees on general aviation — something Congress has rejected numerous times. I question the authority the FAA has to impose these fees.”

He also notes that pilots flying to and from Oshkosh will “dramatically enhance the coffers of the (Aviation) Trust Fund by hundreds of thousands of dollars — revenues that would otherwise not be there if not for AirVenture. The FAA should consider these revenues in its decision as opposed to just the costs.” Read the full editorial here.